Five inspirational quotes from Oprah Winfrey.

Considered to be the world’s most influential woman, Oprah Winfrey is ending her 25-year reign as the queen of daytime talk television this week. The final Oprah Winfrey show will air today, May 25, 2011. Oprah will then focus on her new cable channel, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

In her quarter century on national TV, Oprah has hosted thousands of guests — from presidents to Michael Jackson — and doled out plenty of wisdom along the way. Here are five examples of  inspirational words from this extraordinary woman:

Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you choose, if you first get to know who you are and are willing to work with a power that is greater than ourselves to do it.

I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism and sexism.

My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.

Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.

Read more about Oprah and her life story on Answers.com and ask your own questions here.

6 quotes from Carol Burnett

Comedian Carol Burnett celebrated her 78th birthday this week.  The Texas native is best known for her variety show on CBS, The Carol Burnett Show, which ran for 278 episodes. Interestingly enough, the redhead was always insecure about her appearance, causing her mother to say: “You can always write, no matter what you look like.” Ouch. Even so, we’re glad she stuck with TV!

Here are some of our favorite Carol Burnett quotes over the years:

“Comedy is a tragedy plus time.”

“I think we’re here for each other.”

“Because nobody goes through life without a scar.”

“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.”

“Adolescence is just one big walking pimple.”

“I was once asked to do my Tarzan yell at Bergdorf Goodman, and a guard burst in with a gun! Now I only do it under controlled circumstance.”

Of course, you can learn more about Carol Burnett at Answers.com.

10 Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes.

Forty-three years ago this month, the iconic civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated by James Earl Rey on the balcony of a motel room in Memphis, Tennessee. The son of a Baptist preacher, MLK was the most visible and celebrated symbol of the civil rights movement.

He is perhaps most famous for his “I have a dream” speech, delivered to more than 200,000 people in Washington on August 28, 1963. That March on Washington was influential in the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

His memory lives on with inspirational quotes like these:

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

“The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.”

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

“Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”

“We must combine the toughness of the serpent with the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart.”

Learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr. at Answers.com.

Ten quotes from Mahatma Gandhi.

This past Sunday, January 30th, marked 63 years since the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, the legendary leader of India’s independence movement. Gandhi’s message of non-violent political resistance still resonates across the world.

In Gandhi’s memory, here is a selection of ten of his collection of most memorable quotes from Answers.com:

“Where there is love there is life.”

“I first learned the concepts of non-violence in my marriage.”

“Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.”

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

“We must become the change we want to see.”

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

“A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do, Nothing else.”

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